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Knowledge@Wharton: January 16, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Philip Hackney (Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law), Erik Jones (Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University), Robert Boland J.D. (Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice), Michael Platt (Professor of Marketing; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Neuroscience, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Ken Shropshire (Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School), and Michael Leroy (Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and of Law, University of Illinois) on the Wednesday, January 16, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Brendan O'Leary and Erik Jones

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Erik Jones, Brendan O'Leary

Michael Platt

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Michael Platt

Philip Hackney and Michael Leroy

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Philip Hackney, Michael Leroy

Ken Shropshire and Robert Boland

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Robert Boland J.D., Ken Shropshire

Featured Guests

Philip Hackney

Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Professor Hackney is an associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he teaches a wide range of tax law courses. He is a specialist in the law of nonprofit organizations. Hackney worked as an attorney for the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington, D.C. from 2006-2011. There he drafted IRS regulations, advised the TEGE commissioner, and litigated exempt organization tax issues. Hackney started his legal career as a law clerk to the late Honorable Henry A. Politz on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He joined Baker Botts LLP in Houston, TX in 2002 as a corporate associate working on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company corporate compliance, and investigations into accounting irregularities.

Professor Hackney’s scholarship focuses primarily on the nonprofit tax-exempt sector of our economy such as charities, social welfare organizations, labor unions and trade associations. His most recent article Prop up the Heavenly Chorus? Labor Unions, Tax Policy, and Political Voice Equality published in the St. John’s Law Review in 2017 makes claim that the enhancement or detraction from democratic voice should be considered in designing tax policy. He argues that current policy of income tax exemption as designed generally works to devalue the political voice of labor. Hackney also examines how the IRS regulates, or should regulate, nonprofit organizations. In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Hackney has testified in front of Congress writes OpEds that have been published in places such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, and Salon. He is also frequently quoted in the press as a national expert on nonprofit organizations. He is one of the founding members of a blog on tax law authored by top tax professors called the Surly Subgroup. You can follow him on Twitter @EOTaxProf where Forbes has recognized him as one of the top 100 accounts to follow on matters of tax.

Professor Hackney is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel and of the Nonprofit Forum. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Independent Sector to update its Ethics and Principles of Good Governance for Nonprofit Organizations in 2014. He has also served as a member of the Louisiana Tax Institute, a state board created to aid the state in improving its tax system and the Corporations Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute to revise the limited liability company statute of Louisiana. He is an author of a treatise on Limited Liability Companies in Louisiana.

Before law school Hackney owned and operated a used and rare bookstore and coffee shop in Baton Rouge, LA called Caliban’s Books.
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Erik Jones

Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University


Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies Journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years.

Twitter – @Erik_Jones_SAIS
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Robert Boland J.D.

Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice


Robert A. Boland joined Penn State University as Athletics Integrity Officer in July 2017. In this role, he works to ensure the Athletics Department is meeting all University standards related to integrity, ethics, staff and student conduct and welfare, as well as NCAA and Big Ten standards.

The position, the first of its kind, was created in August 2012 in an agreement with the NCAA, Big Ten and Penn State. It was charged with oversight and reporting of internal and external investigations into athletics. With that agreement expiring in August 2017, the University is maintaining the position as part of its own broader Athletic Integrity Program. Boland chairs the University’s Athletics Integrity Council, a group that brings together senior administrators and faculty to review matters related to athletics and reports to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and the Board of Trustees.

Boland joined Penn State from Ohio University, where he was a faculty member and directed the MBA/Masters in Sports Administration program. Ohio University was ranked as “the #1 Graduate Sports Business Program in the World” by Sports Business International, in each of Boland’s two years there. He spent the prior 14 years at New York University. First, as founding faculty in its Masters in Sports Business program; later as Academic Chair of NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, a division serving more that 700 students and five degree programs. He also taught Sports Law at NYU Law School.

Boland also brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the role. He has been an administrative law judge in New York City, a confidential assistant to a State Supreme Court Justice and an assistant district attorney. For more than decade he was an active player agent negotiating more than 100 sports contracts and endorsement agreements. He has also advised a range of boutique clients including pro franchise purchase groups, pro teams, universities and conferences.

Boland earned varsity letters in football and wrestling at Columbia University. After graduation, he worked in collegiate athletics at Columbia and the University of Tennessee, before attending law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Twitter – @RobertBolandESQ
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Michael Platt

Professor of Marketing; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Neuroscience, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine


Michael Platt has been selected as the sixteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective July 1, 2015.

Platt, a neuroscientist whose work focuses on the brain’s decision-making processes, has appointments in the Department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Marketing in the Wharton School.

Platt has served as Professor of Neurobiology, Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. Organizations such as the National Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation and the Department of Defense have supported his research, and he has been recognized in the New York Times, the Washington post, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, A`BC, BBC and PBS.

Platt has also served as the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics. He holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn, and a BA in Biological Anthropology from Yale.
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Brendan O'Leary

The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania


Brendan O’Leary is an Irish and US citizen, and since 2003 has been the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 22 books; and the author or co-author of over 120 articles or chapters in peer-reviewed journals and university presses, as well as numerous other forms of publication. He is the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz prize of the International Political Science Association which will be presented to him in Istanbul in 2016, for contributions to the study of multinational societies, federalism and power-sharing.

Brendan is the Series Editor of National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and to the British Labour Party during the Irish peace process. He has a BA honors from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1981, first class), and his PhD thesis won the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988.

O’Leary was born in Cork, Ireland. His childhood was spent in Nigeria, and his teenage years in Sudan and in Northern Ireland, where he attended the grammar school, St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower. He won the Irish Times/Trinity College Dublin all-Ireland best individual speaker prize in school debating in 1975, and the Joint Association of Classical Teachers prize for first place in Advanced level Ancient History in 1976. He also won an open scholarship to Keble College Oxford in 1977, where he was tutored by Larry Siedentop, the scholar of Tocqueville and the European Union, and by the economist Paul Collier, with whom he remains in amicable disagreement. O’Leary wrote his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Supervised by the late Professor T.J. Nossiter, it was examined by Professors Ernest Gellner and Nicos Mouzelis, who nominated it for the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize for the best PhD at LSE presented in 1988. It was published as The Asiatic Mode of Production: Oriental Despotism, Historical Materialism and Indian History, with a Foreword by the late Ernest Gellner.

Between 1983 and 2003, O’Leary was on the faculty of the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Political Science. He was the first elected head of the LSE Government Department (1998-2001), and an elected Academic Governor (2000-1). He has been a visiting professor of political science at Uppsala, Sweden, the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and between 2012 and 2016 he is a visiting Professor of Political Science at Queen’s University Belfast.

O’Leary’s academic career has been regularly combined with constitutional advisory work:

• He was a political advisor to the British Labour Shadow Cabinet on Northern Ireland between 1987-8 and 1996-7, advising Kevin McNamara and the late Marjorie (“Mo”) Mowlam, shadow Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland. He advised Irish, British, and American ministers and officials, and the Irish-American Morrison delegation during the Northern Ireland peace process, appeared as an expert witness before the US Congress, and was a guest at the White House in 1994, 1995 and 1998. His ideas on power-sharing are said to have been influential during the Irish peace process. His work with John McGarry on police reform was singled out in the press for influencing the independent commission on police reform which reported in 1999.

• He has been a constitutional advisor for the European Union and the United Nations in the promotion of the confederal and federal re-building of Somalia, and for the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development in consultancies on power-sharing in coalition governments in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and in Nepal.

• For the United Nations he was a contributing consultant to its 2004 United Nations Human Development Report on Culture and Liberty, and in 2009-2010 he was seconded to the UN as the Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing in the Standby Team of the Mediation Support Unit of the Department of Political Affairs. In that capacity he had field experience in numerous conflict-sites, including in Sudan, South Sudan, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan.

• Since 2003 he has regularly been an international constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, assisting in the negotiation of the Transitional Administrative Law (2004); electoral systems design (2004-5); the Constitution of Iraq (2005); and the draft Constitution of the Kurdistan Region (2005-). He has also been an expert witness on Iraq and Kurdistan to branches of the US Government, and to the United Kingdom’s Iraq Commission.
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Ken Shropshire

Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School


Kenneth L. Shropshire specializes in the subject areas of sports business, negotiations, diversity, and general business law. Wharton Professor Emeritus and CEO of the Global Sport Institute, he is also president of the largest organization of attorneys in the sports business, the Sports Lawyers Association. Shropshire’s past consulting roles have included a wide variety of projects including work for the NCAA, National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee, negotiation training for IBM, Clorox, Fannie Mae and Major League Baseball and diversity training for entering Wharton School MBA students. He was previously the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports.


Twitter- @kenshropshire

Personal Site- http://www.kennethshropshire.com/about/
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Michael Leroy

Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and of Law, University of Illinois


Professor Michael LeRoy has published extensively on antitrust in professional sports, immigration and employment policy, strikes and lockouts, voluntary and mandatory arbitration, employee involvement teams, and labor law implications stemming from national emergencies.

Professor LeRoy has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on labor and human resources; consulted at the request of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and served as an advisor to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service. This bi-partisan commission adopted Professor LeRoy’s recommendations to Congress for the use of final offer interest arbitration in place of conventional arbitration in contract impasses with various postal worker unions.

He has been interviewed by C-SPAN on the NFL lockout, and his published researched on collective bargaining for college football players has appeared in widely read blogs, such as Salon. His research has been cited as authority by two federal appeals courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Research publications appear in Northwestern University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. Currently, he is developing two new casebooks that are part of his new courses in Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment, and Immigration and Employment Policy.

He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Illinois Student Senate Teaching Award (2013), honoring five campus-wide faculty members who were selected from more than 600 nominees.

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